Bending Under Pressure by Lindsay Paige
Publication date: January 27th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Haley Summers is struggling. She’s in a new town with new teammates. She’s unsure if she likes her new stepdad. She doesn’t know why her father isn’t answering her calls and keeps bailing on her. The only thing she has going for her is a boy who is struggling just as much as she is.
Keelan Moore is always feeling pressure. He wants to be a good kid for his adoptive parents while getting reacquainted with his birth mom and that part of his family. The only thing he has going for him is Haley and showing her just how fun her new home can be.
Pressure is hitting them from all sides. Can they survive unscathed while bending under pressure?
About “Bending Under Pressure” I can say that this is yet another “tutorial” about how to cope with big family issues, not necessarily from a teenage perspective. Even Though we have Haley and Keelan in the spot light, we can also see how their families react when faced with divorce – in case of Haley – or adoption issues – in Keelan’s case.
I believe this is a complex book, as it covers the main characters’ story from multiple angles. We see how they react individually, we see how their families react and also how the two of them decide to be there for each other and support one another. I appreciated that the focus of the book was not shifted to the love relationship building between Haley and Keelan and no additional drama was created (like jealousy or other things like that). I can state that this is a clean, simple and honest book, about the pain you feel when your family lets you down.
So I do recommend you give it a try! My 5 stars go for this nice story and I do hope you enjoy it too!